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Nearly 100 have applied for state constitution rewrite panel

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Almost 100 people now have applied to Gov. Rick Scott for a seat on the panel that reviews the state’s constitution every 20 years. According to a list the governor’s office released Thursday morning, a few of the newest names interested in being on the Constitution Revision Commission are: — Alan Becker, co-founder of South Florida’s Becker & Poliakoff law firm, and vice chair of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development organization. — Glenton Gilzean, president and CEO of…

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Rick Scott says voters deserve opportunity to consider Carlos Beruff in Senate race

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Don’t look for Rick Scott to throw his support his support behind Marco Rubio anytime soon. In a statement Thursday, Scott said Floridians deserve the opportunity to consider Carlos Beruff’s candidacy alongside Rubio’s. “Carlos Beruff is a good friend of mine, a businessman and an outsider to politics. The voters of Florida deserve the opportunity to consider his candidacy alongside Sen. Rubio and make their own decision,” said Scott in a statement posted to his Facebook page Thursday morning. “The…

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Daniel Webster to hold Spring Hill fundraiser May 19

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Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster will hold a fundraiser later this month at the Silverthorn Country Club in Spring Hill, his campaign announced Thursday. The host committee for the event, scheduled for May 19 at 6 pm, includes former Florida Attorney General and U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, Hernando County School Board member and businessman Gus Guadagnino and former Hernando County Association of Realtors President Al Boland, among many others. Webster has served in congress since 2011 and is currently representing…

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Dear Democrats: Think Donald Trump can’t win? Meet Rick Scott

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Dear Democrats: Well, it is a done deal. Republicans have chosen Donald Trump as their nominee, and already, my social media timeline is full of Democrats and Republicans saying this election is over. And I am here to tell you that you are wrong. Yes, I get it.  We all cheered his getting into the race.  I even told a national news outlet that his running was proof of a God that loved me.  And down deep, we all thought…

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Jeff Atwater is still not running for U.S. Senate

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After it became clear Marco Rubio wasn’t running for re-election, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater immediately became the odds-on favorite Republican to run for the to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat. Everything changed, though, after the CFO stunned the Florida political world in April when he said he wouldn’t run for the office. Since then, four lesser-known Republicans: U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Ron DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and former CIA contractor Todd Wilcox have all entered the campaign. Recently there…

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Rick Scott on Fox News: ‘People want an outsider’

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Gov. Rick Scott — away in Democratic New York on another out-of-state trip to entice businesses to relocate jobs to Florida — is not known for being particularly chatty with his home-state press corps, but he did make time to speak with FOX New’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday afternoon. Scott, as usual, hewed closely to his well-worn talking points about the paramount importance of job creation and generally stayed upbeat, avoiding taking sides in either the Democratic or Republican 2016 White House primaries…

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Rick Scott right side up in new Q poll, 45-44 percent

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Rick Scott has been governor of Florida for over 5 1/2 years now, but other than his two election-day victories, he’s been more down than up when it comes to his personal approval ratings throughout his controversial tenure. That’s why the governor and his supporters have to be giddy this morning, after a Quinnipiac poll released early Tuesday shows Scott right side up, 45-44 percent, with 10 percent undecided. “With little attention on him these days, Gov. Rick Scott gets his best…

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